I was reading Janine Hawkins' excellent rant against Nintendo's decision to prohibit same sex couple characters in its upcoming game Tomodachi Life, and the company's claim that the game is intended to be "playful alternate world rather than a real-life simulation", and not meant as "social commentary" -- which took me to this description of what Nintendo does consider worthy of its playful alternate world:
Gamers can do things like shop, visit an amusement park, play games, go on dates and encounter celebrities like Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O'Neal.
That's right, both Christina Aguilera and Shaquille O'Neal have official characters in the game. Which is strange, because here's what Christina Aguilera said, when she received an LGBT award:
Regarded as a gay icon, Aguilera was honored at the GLAAD Awards for using gay and transgender images in her music video for "Beautiful". When accepting the award Aguilera said, "My video captures the reality that gay and transgender people are beautiful, even though prejudice and discrimination against them still exists."
I don't know if Aguilera or her management knows she's being depicted with her authorization in a simulation game where gay and transgender people are not even allowed to exist, but I doubt she'd be pleased.
In any case, it seems strange for Nintendo to insist its game is supposed to be an alternate world, yet also turn to real life celebrities to be characters within it -- and then choose a celebrity whose music very much celebrates people Nintendo considers to be mere "social commentary".
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